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Michigan Turkey Hunting Forecast for 2014

by Tracy Breen   |  March 11th, 2014 0
Gobbler, Turkey, Turkey Hunting, Hunting Turkey, Michigan Turkey Hunting

Eight year old Lucas Anderson of Gregory Michigan shot his first turkey this past season.

Spring is here and now is the time to get out and scout for longbeards. The good news is Michigan’s turkey population is pretty strong.

“We have a wild turkey population of about 200,000 birds,” said Al Stewart, the upland game bird specialist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “Most years, the harvest exceeds 30,000 toms. That is a good number of birds being harvested. Our success rate is about 38 percent. Many hunters in our area head to the woods and many of them tag a bird.”

The 2014 season should be a good one for Michigan turkey hunting enthusiasts all over the state.

“The 2013 hatch appears to be a good one,” said Stewart. “Over the last several years, we have had decent hatches. I think the 2013 hatch was better than some of the previous hatches. When we have a good hatch, we usually have a good hunting season for the next few years. This should be consistent with the 2014 season. Of course some places around the state hold more birds than others, but overall, the entire state offers great turkey hunting.”

Michigan has a one-bird limit in the spring. The bird must have a beard. Currently, 83 counties offer spring hunting, and the season is well over a month in length, giving hunters plenty of opportunities to get out and hunt.

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